HBO Max to launch in May 2020 for $14.99 a month


We’re inching closer to the next stage of the streaming wars, with Apple TV+ launching this week and Disney+ later in the month. WarnerMedia has been slowly coming out with information on their own direct-to-consumer video streaming service, and during an investor day presentation, the corporation officially released details on their HBO Max platform.

The service will cost $14.99 a month, lower than previous estimates of $17 or $18 a month, costing the same as a monthly subscription to HBO Now. However, WarnerMedia told investors and the press that current direct subscribers to HBO Now will be offered HBO Max content at no additional cost; same goes for customers of WarnerMedia’s parent company AT&T.

Along with HBO’s entire catalog and programming, HBO Max will also feature content from Warner Bros. film and television studios, DC Entertainment content, anime via Crunchyroll, animation from Cartoon Network (including Adventure Time), Boomerang, and Adult Swim, and a lot of original programming. Some of these original shows include House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones spinoff that survived, unlike its doomed sibling.

Also expect reboots and revivals of Gossip Girl and Saved by the Bell, BBC shows like Doctor Who, and vintage sitcoms like Friends to fill out the rest of the service’s content. Announcements from yesterday’s presentation also included a Green Lantern show, stand-up specials presented by Conan O’Brien, and the entire South Park and Rick and Morty libraries as part of the lineup.

All of this will arrive sometime in May of 2020 for the United States, with the service aiming to gain 75 million to 90 million subscribers across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe by 2025; what that means for the launch date for other territories has yet to be announced. Save up on those streaming bucks.

WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max [WarnerMedia]